By Donnavan Finlay, Co-Founder of Guyding Principals.

“You Are What You Eat”

Have you ever noticed how cranky and moody the world seems to be? People are constantly complaining and fighting about mostly irrelevant stuff. The frustration some individuals have been holding in is simply pouring out. I witnessed a person lose his mind in a store this week. The poor store employee was insulted and criticized beyond belief. Thing is that it actually had nothing to with the employee. The customer was upset because of the increased price. I just thought to myself, “if you can’t afford the item, don’t buy it”. Simple as that. No need to lose your marbles at the poor employee.

This is just one example of incidents I have noticed over the last couple of months. Tensions seem to be really boiling over. I know you cannot judge an individual on one incident, as you have no real idea of what they may be going through. They may be having a really tough day. Maybe they just lost their job or going through a divorce. We never know.

That said, it made me think of ways we can improve our moods overall. The most popular come to mind, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and plenty other new age ideas. You know what I am on about. Then I thought to myself that a different approach to our diets might also have the desired impact. And if so, what foods do we need to include into our daily eating patterns to have an effect on our mood and attitude.

The following is what I came up with after tons of reading and research. I have been adding these foods into my diet and I have to admit that I do feel better overall. I get up easier and have better mental focus during the day. In the past I was completely drained by the end of the day, but now I have some energy left at night.

  • Banana

With a good supply of vitamins and carbohydrates it will help you feel full for longer and slow down digestion and also keep your blood sugar levels stable. It is rich with potassium and B vitamins it will provide your body with a more sustained release of energy.

  • Salmon

We all know by now that it is good for our hearts. With the energy-boosting omega 3 fatty acids it will increase energy production, brain activity and overall circulation.

  • Water

It is advised that we should always start our day with two glasses of water before we start our day. We should then only eat or drink something else 30 minutes later. The water will give your metabolism a chance to get going without the spike of sugars or whatever else is added to our normal morning routine.

  • Honey

Add some honey to your tea or breakfast. Daily intake has great health benefits like enhancing memory power and strengthening our nervous systems. This will lead to reduced stress and anxiety levels. Just ensure that it is organic honey only.

  • Almonds

These nuts contain a lot of zinc. Zinc is a mineral that helps balance your mood. Almonds also contain healthy fats and iron that inhibits brain fatigue.

  • Blueberries

The fruit contains phytonutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that all combat anxiety and depression symptoms.

  • Eggs

We all know by now that eggs are a great source of protein and iron. They are also rich in B vitamins that assist the body with turning food into energy.

  • Asparagus

Low energy levels have a major effect on our moods. Asparagus is one of the best sources of tryptophan, which helps create serotonin that is one of the brains primary mood-regulating neurotransmitters.

  • Avocado

Loaded with benefits ranging from protecting our hearts and helping with digestion, it is also great for improving our moods. Avocados are natural hormone balancers that ensure our brains are making the right chemicals needed to keep it feeling great. It is said to be the #1 food to eat to feel happier.

  • Strawberries

Rich in an array of vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A and C and manganese. Strawberries serve as a strong line of defense against brain degeneration, but also boost the happy chemicals our brains produce.

 

Add this to your diet and stick to it. You will notice that you will feel better as your energy levels increase. The next step you need to take is to get some exercise. The diet is only one part to improve your mood. Getting regular exercise has great health benefits. You do not need to join a gym and spend hours there every week. All you need to do is change small habits you have. Avoid taking the elevator; rather choose to take the stairs. Take your dog for a daily walk. Take a walk on your own if you have to. Go for a run when you can. Get your family to join you as it will inspire you to stick to it for longer.

So we have spoken what we need to put into our bodies to improve our moods and wellbeing, but there are some things we need to keep out and avoid.

 

  • Alcohol

  • Coffee (Read All Caffeine)

  • Sugar (Including Artificial Sweeteners)

  • Fast Food

  • High Sodium Foods

  • Tofu

  • Processed Foods

  • Wheat Bran

  • Hydrogenated Oil (Read Fried Foods)

 

Being mindful of what we put into our bodies and overall wellbeing has great benefits. We need to take care of ourselves to function at a higher level and be more productive. The benefits speak for themselves and your family will thank you as well. No one likes to be around a grumpy person for any amount of time.

Eat better and live better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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